Kohli Crushed In 200th IPL Match For Bangalore
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 10:40 PM
Dubai, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a crushing nine-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday hours after he announced to step down as captain at the end of this Indian Premier League.
It remained an unforgettable evening for Kohli who fell for five in his 200th IPL match and Bangalore were skittled out for 92 with Kolkata spinner Varun Chakravarthy returning figures of 3-13 in Abu Dhabi.
The 32-year-old Kohli, who put out a video message of his captaincy exit on the opening day of the revived IPL on Sunday, is still searching for Bangalore's first title win in the Twenty20 tournament.
"Sometimes it can take you a game, I hope not two, to get into the tournament, you have to stay with the eight-ball, if you're not, the other teams will be all over you," Kohli said after his team's first match of the UAE leg.
Seam bowler Prasidh Krishna took down Kohli, trapped lbw after the skipper opened the batting with Devdutt Padikkal who top-scored with 22.
"It's great guys who've got the opportunity to play at the international level. He's someone who is going to play in the near future for India, it's a great sign." Shubman Gill, who made 48, and debutant Venkatesh Iyer, who hit an unbeaten 41 off 27 balls, then put on 82 for the first wicket as Kolkata chased down their target in just 10 overs.
The Eoin Morgan-led side need to win five of their remaining six matches to stay in the race for a play-off spot.